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also, the chances of getting caught are less and if caught the punishment is less so that's why wildlife trafficking is on the increase. rhino horn is now worth about $27,000 a pound. that's twice the value of gold and platinum and more than cocaine and diamonds. . terrorist groups are involved in this as well. i a hearing. the witnesses testified that terrorists are one of several groups in wildlife trafficking and do it for the money. they use the money as mr. engel said to buy bullets and guns to cause terror. over the weekend, al qaeda's somalia's affiliate, released photographs of killing and hunting a giraffe. here's a photograph.
of that giraffe killing. they put it on their recruiting poster. this recent video says, terrorism is in my nation and we do it for tourism. therefore, come and help us in jihad, it is a poster, killing of wildlife. lling elephants is great for them going after organizations. but we must call out as this legislation does, corrupt government officials that give a wimping and nod for allowing poaching of rhinos, elephants and others. this isn't a wildlife problem but a national security. this bill will give our law enforcement the authority it needs to be able to go after
criminals and terrorists and help foreign government to save rhinos and elephants from extincton. mr. royce: israel the gentleman an additional minute. mr. poe: if we don't stop wildlife trafficking by terrorist groups, organized criminal activities, the only places our kids and grandkids are going to see them at the zoo or a disney cartoon. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: if there are no other speakers on the other side of the aisle, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: let me thank chairman royce for his leadership on this issue. mr. poe and all of the people that have worked so hard on this. we need to be creative in the
way we go after financing for violent groups. you know, if nothing is done, i believe the statistic is that in 11 years, elephants will be extinct in the wild. isn't that a tragedy? who would have thought. we need to be creative in the way we go after financing for violent groups and mr. poe pointed out some very important things about terrorism, criminal activities and so again, i want to say, when people buy these things, it's not innocent. they are aiding terrorism and aiding criminality. we need to use every tool at our disposal. so this legislation does that by going after a critical source of funding for criminals and terrorists. at the same time, it will help to preserve some of the world's most imperiled animals. i urge my colleagues to support this measure.
i thank chairman royce for his hard work on this and so many other things. this is something that everyone needs to support. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, part of the tragedy of this can be seen in what happened in a national park in africa. the jihaddists that hit that park in order to take those tusks, in order to get that hard currency and trade those tusks for weapons and for bullets, weaponry tosed that turn on the university. these are jihaddists. he one thing that al-shabaab has in common with these organizations, is the hatred
just as boko haram. what did they do when they had their hands on their weapons? they went went to the university and slaughtered 145 students after slaughtering the elephants in the parks. there is a direct link when jihadi organizations carry out, as judge ted poe shared with you, carried out these attacks, a to recruit and show that they have the power to kill and have the power to exterminate, to i nile ate, and not just these animal species, but human beings as well. mr. speaker, time is not on our side. each day of inaction means more animals poached and the covers of terrorist organizations and criminal ause the
syndicate give them the money. and that has to come to an end. and since the time we started this debate, as mr. engel pointed out, two elephants have been poached or slaughtered, because one is killed every 15 minutes. now one is killed in africa. it's quite possible, as mr. engel aid, that our children could grow up in a world without rhinos and without elephants. no exaggeration. the forest elephant is going to be wiped out. the black rhino is going to be wiped out. do we want to live in that kind of a world and allow that to happen on our watch. the global anti-poaching act combat today's unprecedented level of poaching and wildlife
by adding greater consequences for traffickers, while assisting those park rangers on the ground, which frankly need our help, need the help of our intelligence services and need our satellites and other capabilities and flead need a better way in which to defend themselves and parklands across africa. some years ago, myself and another member of this body authored legislation to help set up these national parks. the congo basin forest partnership act which clay shaw and i authored. but these terrorist organizations are in the park lands themselves. i would like to everyone and some from the committees, like chairman goodlatte of judiciary and chairman bishop of natural
resources for their assistance in getting this legislation to the floor. and i would like, in closing, to recognize ranking member engel and representatives poe, smith and bass for their valuable contributions and i urge all my colleagues to seize this opportunity and vote for h.r. 2494 and then help us bring a little pressure to bear to get this bill out of the senate. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2494 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house
incidents, police-related incidents. and the state of the criminal justice system. thanks for being with us. guest: thank you so much for having me. in a we saw your article national review, welcome to post ferguson policing, that you wrote back in august. the term has come into more usage in the past week or two. when you hear the term, when you wrote about it, what did you mean? guest: i meant the fact that police are backing off from proactive policing. the type of discretionary policing that fbi director rightly identified as the key to the historic crime drop that this nation has enjoyed over the last 20 years. these are the type of discretionary stops going up as director, he said 1:00 a.m. on a drug corner, somebody seems to
be hitting up a gun and getting out of your car and asking if you questions. police are not backing off of mandatory responses to 911 calls. do theircontinuing to duty, but the type of proactive policing that has been the target of a lot of police protest over the last year, officers are backing away from that. host: the fbi director picked up on the term as well and comments just a week ago in chicago, i wanted to play some of those for you and get your thoughts. >> in today's youtube world, officers are elected to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime. butcers entering 911 calls, avoiding informal contact that keeps bad guys standing around with guns. i spoke to officers privately
who described being surrounded by young people with mobile phones held high, taunting them when they get out of their cars. they said to me, we feel under siege and we don't feel like getting out of our cars. i have been told about a senior police leader in this country rememberd his force to that political leadership has no tolerance for any of you being involved in the next viral video. the suggestion, the question that has been asked is, are these kinds of things changing police behavior all over the country? is that what explains the map and the calendar?
younger he has the data at his finger tips and he describes very movingly his work in richmond, virginia, removing drug dealers from the streets and allowing that community to flourish. because of proactive policing. and he rightly warned that we are at risk of losing this crime triumph because of the excessive villfication of officers. host: of course we welcome our c-span viewers and c-span radio
listeners to the conversation. we've broken the lines down regionally. 202-748-8000. host: you wrote in your national review piece back in august aboe reluctance of police to act and you set the reluctance is affecting police across the country from cap exhaustive public order maintenance is vilified as racist in baltimore following riots and the rest of -- officers arrests dropped i wanted to ask how you are tracking evidence of these post ferguson affects that effects --
effects. crime they post not just data, but they post the on police enforcement activity. what we are seeing is a big drop-off in precisely the type of proactive enforcement that director call me rightly said is key to bringing crime down. in new york city, all arrests are down 15% as of this year, compared to the same time last year. life -- these are the discretionary low-level public order enforcement like if somebody is standing on the corner publicly drinking. if you allow that to keep going night, -- turns -- inmping, trespassing,
los angeles, arrests are down 10%, this is a drop-off in discretionary activity that works in opposite directions from public safety. when officers back off, criteria to the claim that black lives matter, the result is not a healthy -- a healthy on. for law-abiding residents of the inner city who want the police and need them, the result is the type of bloodbath that direct -- the director said is happening in cities across the country when you've got homicide spikes up to 75% in milwaukee. 50% in baltimore, 60% in st. louis. are actims overwhelmingly minor -- are minority males and that is something that should concern all of us. host: some disagreement in the
administration. president obama and his fbi director are sparring over whether the ferguson effect is let's hear from our viewers and go to thomas in maryland who is in law enforcement. go ahead. caller: i have been a police officer for five years. i cannot tell you the name of my agency due to the fact that i have to worry about. -- retaliation -- worry about retaliation. am -- i wasy, i shown a 32nd clip about one of my coworkers had the media and protesting and people treating officers like he was racist. on this particular occasion, we
received a call for service for a robbery in progress. officers responded to the scene and a video clip that people observed, you see just a young -- we have to respond and handle that call for service. woman later investigate and found out -- when we later investigated and found out the call was not a robbery in progress but the person was worried about getting robbed, which is a very dramatic -- dramatically different thing. of course, the young man was sent on his way. officersff with police approached him and told him to stop. that situation became the next ,hing people in the streets
stopping traffic, protests and yelling and screaming. it has created a situation where he have police officers who i included, whoelf may not necessarily do that extra proactive police work out of worrying about getting in job, at theing your end of the day, i still have to take care of myself and my family. host: we appreciate your experience, heather mcdonald, what are you hearing? guest: i'm hearing what i hear from police officers across the country. what is happening in the city areas now is very disturbing. i think we are seeing a breakdown of the legitimacy of law and order. officers face extraordinarily hostile environments when they are engaged in trying to help people.
i spoke to an emergency services officer in the bronx who was trying to extricate it woman who had been pinned under an overturned car accident accident -- after an accident. somebody walked up to the scene and stuck his phone and the officers face to bait him into an argument and when the officers told him to get back, the man said you cannot do that. in cincinnati in july, there was a four-year-old girl who, in a drive-by shooting, was shot in the head. officers came to the scene and started trying to make arrests for outstanding warrants in order to prevent a retaliatory shooting. instead, the officers were surrounded by angry crowds shouting profanities at them, preventing them from making arrests. this happens again and again.
it is putting everybody's lives -- says that cops are racist for acting on their good-faith observation of suspicious behavior, it's going to result in more use of force. the justice department has absolutely, explicitly factor in that the most determining whether an officer uses force is how the civilian response. and with more and more people resisting arrest, we are in a vicious spiral, where officers will be provoked to use force them selves, thereby fueling what i think is a not fair discourse about policing. host: let's hear from in texas. caller: good morning.
say thatuld like to officers do have to give respect. when they manhandle a teenage girl in texas and she is wearing a bikini and she is being thrown around. virginiathis girl and and they slide her across the floor, what do you expect them to do? he didn't have to put a hand on the girl. the man in texas -- the girl was wearing a bikini. why is he sitting on her back? you have a few bad officers who are making bad calls. they need to be held accountable when they do something wrong. hold them accountable, prosecute them. host: heather macdonald. officers is right that
need to be courteous and respectful and too often they are not. developed ae hardened attitude in part because of the hostility that they have encountered on the streets. when they do make a mistake. there is no question that they need to be held accountable. and i would think that this will policer way in easing community tensions if the police could be more respectful. but these videos represent a minute fraction of the police civilian encounters every year. police officers have 20 million encounters with civilians in new york city alone. unfortunately, some of those are not going to be a perp you. but the discourse -- some of those are not going to be appropriate.
but the discourse has taken aim at the entirety of policing and says that somehow, the police in every jurisdiction have developed racist attitudes, with her they are black or white. that is simply not the case. what the black lives matter discourse has tried to keep offstage is crime rates. remain sos disproportionate between intercity neighborhoods and the rest of the country that, that is what drives the police -- and if they want to save lives, they're going to be more heavily deployed in minority neighborhoods where they will have more encounters. to what is alleged incorrectly of over pollution is to bring crime down. and until we can do that, police
-- policing remains the best solution to help people save lives. i go to police community meetings every -- meetings all the time. june, in elderly woman spontaneously broken out and said, it is so wonderful when we see the cops, they are my friends. amputee who cancer said the only time she felt comfortable to go into her lobby was when the police were there. she said please jesus, send more police. these are the types of requests that the police get and are hearing and people are asking for assistance. for help withg the drug dealing, and the irony is that, as the milwaukee police chief said many times, the respond to those
heartfelt calls for assistance without generating the aclurtionate -- that the or parts of the justice system can use against them in a racial profiling lawsuit. host: we will go to ronald in california. welcome. caller: i would like to ask the --ng lady -- she said that does it have anything to do with the overwhelming amount of guns that are in the neighborhoods? or with the lack of education? does it have anything to do with unaccountability in the police departments? i would like to know how the so-called good police are handled? when we saw the guy shot in the he pickedlso saw that up a gun and he placed it by the
body. host: similar comments on , he says it is our right as citizens to make sure the police are doing their job appropriately. we do not live in a police state. is nonald says there system evidence for the ferguson effect and the fbi director and this guest know it. police have tohe be held accountable. the walkers got -- the walter scott shooting was an abomination. and it recalls the fact that polices a horrible history in this country. thee is no question that police were able work of slavery and segregation that listed way too long, and this country took a long time to wake up.
a lot of people today continue to see policing through that lens and it is understandable. but the fact of the matter is that police has never been more -- that policing has never been more professional. the police are going where people are being victimized and that is in minority communities. brooklyn,d recent in the per capita shooting rate is 81 times higher than in bay ridge, brooklyn, which is just a few miles away. that means the people in 81% higher face and chance of getting shot. the police cannot respond to that without being more heavily deployed in minority neighborhoods. as for the charge that there is no evidence for the ferguson effect, i simply disagree.
the evidence is the drop-off in discretionary activities. that is empirically documented. you can hear it from officers and does the director commie talked to police officers and chiefs across the country and that is what they are telling him, anecdotally. your guess is heather macdonald. she is talking about the ferguson effect on police officers. we go next to north carolina to hear from james. good morning to the guests and the c-span host. heather macdonald is about to make my head explode. i've going to make a short story. i was a police officer in the early 1980's for quarter years. for four years.
the first night i went out with my training officer, he asked what we called a nightstick. florida, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 155 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1553 a bill to develop a strategy to develop a status for taiwan and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of epresentatives.
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 392, the nays are zero. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reskr laid on the table. -- to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on the additional motion to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered. or on which the vote incurse objection under clause 6 of
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass house resolution 354 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 354, expressing the house of the house of representatives regarding the safety and security of jewish communities in europe. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, mr. royce, and the gentleman from new york, will each control 20 minutes. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all
members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous materials in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, members, anti-sefmentism in europe is on the rise. jewish communities there are on the edge. fearing this rise in hatred toward them may signal a return to europe's darkest days. this sad reality is well documented by author taytive reports and others. 2015, a survey by the anti-defamation league showed 25% of european respondents said that they harbored anti-semitic feelings and that number had
significantly increased from the year before. in a few countries such as in the net they arelands and in the united kingdom. it is a fen no, ma'ammon seen on the streets and the december cre indicated burial sites and deadly acts of terror. we all recall the horrific attacks on the charlie heb doe offices and the later attacks in a calf iowa in copenhagen. just last month in manchester, four jewish youths were attacked. one of the victims had to be hospitalized. the rise in such attacks and hate-filled rhetoric is causing
yupe's jews to look over their shoulders and fleeing communities that they have been a part of for over 20 generations to seek safety elsewhere. targeted violence against the jewish people or other religious or minority group is repugnant. the jewish people have been the most persecuted in the world. when you think the consequences of the holocaust and the inquestion situation, the magnitude comes home when there are many jews left alive on this planet as there were in the early days of the early rome empire. their persecution leaves for humanity, the thought, have we learned nothing from the holocaust?
uropean leaders must unequivocally send this message to their people and add greater protection for their jewish citizens. this important resolution proposes several commonsense steps for our european allies to consider for the safety of their jewish communities. it calls for establish partnerships between law enforcement and jewish groups in order to secure the security plans and training and enhance law enforcement response to these anti-semitic attacks. improve sharing of sharing and law enforcement and jewish groups is another key recognition. and this encourages to encourage communication to analyze anti-semitic crimes and share
best practices in combating extremism. as we learn from the holocaust, anti-semitics' sentment can lay the foundation of persecution under the guise of political rotest or under the guise of international is particular pride. free societies must expose these prejudice for the dangers they pose to their communities. and i recognize congressman smith for authoring this important measure and i thank ranking member engel for his help in getting this bill to the floor. and i urge my colleagues to support me. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i thank chairman royce for being
on top of all these very important issues and under his leadership, the foreign affairs committee has taken the lead in important issues such as this. i thank mr. smith from new jersey for sponsoring this resolution. as the chairman, dealing with human rights issue, chris midst smith has been focused. he is always there and speaks out forceful by about anti-semitism and other things that are important to him and i'm grateful for his leadership. it is disappointing we need to take up this measure. anti-sefmentism that hatred has been smoldering. e hear of new attacks of vandalism of a holocaust site.
the targeting of the great synagogue in copenhagen and the attack in paris last january. and we would be foolish to dismiss this surge as the work of a few violent individuals. in countries like hungary and greece, we see political parties winning seats in election. it is disturbing. it wasn't a century ago we heard the can ari in a coal mine. and you could draw it to the darkest chapter. the lessons of the holocaust are speared in our consciousness and throw water on this fire before it burns out of control. i was born after the world war inch i in new york and i head
families talking about anticipate semitism. and the general prevailing thought is this is something that will never happen again. the holocaust was so horrific the world's humanity would understand that something like this could never happen again. i mean to any group. not just to the jewish groups but any group. this cannot be tolerated and look around the world and see the hatred go and the people who are being tolerated, what tribe he they are fro. t it is galing on europe, in europe, where six million jewish people perished that anti-sefmentism would rear its ugly head again. one would think they would not want to go to the anti-semitic path again.
nd here it is barely after the end of the end of world war i inch and it is an alarming rise. skinheads and people who have uttered anti-semitic remarks, but we have a number of people living in europe of middle eastern descent who are using the conflict between israel and the palestinians to again fan the fires of hatred, eant semitic hatred. and as the numbers of people europe, lands go to some, unform are fanning the fliers of anti-sefmentism and that has to be stopped as well. it has to be condemned no matter who ises powing it and what they are saying.
it is time to call it the way it is. we need greater vigilance and communities are under threat. but it's not that simple. we need greater leadership to speak out against anti-semitism. we have a bill, just a couple of hours ago, maybe not even a couple of hours ago which talked about the palestinian leadership not condemning anti-sefmentism and having incitement of things that result in anti-semitic attacks. this is the same thing. same thing whether it is in europe or the middle east and rearing its ugly head and time for us to speak out against it. the united states of america has been the leader of society and the world looks to us for leadership and very important that the united states congress is doing this now.
we need greater vigilance when jewish communities are under threat. e need greater leadership from officials. we need stronger partnerships to help them develop their own policing techniques and information sharing with government agencies and force the cultures that respect diversity and don't ostra size. i condemn attacks of any minority group. we need to step in and say we will not tolerate it. this resolution encourages these efforts and i encourage my colleagues to support it. anti-sefmentism is rearing is ugly head but it can be defeated. what the congress is doing is a very good step in that will direction and i reserve.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i yield to the author of this measure, mr. smith, who, as u.s. chairman of the helskinki commission, works with our european allies to improve the security and safety of these jewish communities in europe. we appreciate his authorship of this resolution and i ask unanimous consent that he be allowed to control the time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. smith: thank you to chairman royce for his leadership to chairman roigs as he has done on all of these issues, his leadership on iran and that would be echoed with representative ros-lehtinen. this is a group of leaders have made a huge difference.
h.res. 354, mr. speaker, prescribes specific, effective actions that government should take in response to the deadly thress to the jewish communities in europe. the number of violent attacks ave increased from 100 to 400% since 2201. the murders have remind us that those who have the will and the means to will. i would will note that my work in combating anti-semitism began in 1985 from this podium speaking out in favor of the jewish and i joined one year later on a trip to the soviet union and we met with men and women who were targeted by the
soft k g.b. because they were jewish. anti-sefment imhas not abated. this resolution calls for the united states government to work to with our european jool eyes to keep jewish communities safe and secure. it is based on consultations with the leading experts who are working with these communities. the resolution focuses on the formal partnerships between law enforcement agencies and jewish security groups. here in the united states, the collaboration between the department of homeland security and security community network, an initiative of the jewish federation of north america and the conference ofments of north america agencies has been effective to protecting jewish
communities here. . . their respective governments are also mods that need to be emulated. the resolution emphasizes the importance of consistent two-way communication and information sharing between law enforcement agencies and jewish community groups. it encourages the development of a pan-european information sharing communication and alerting system and envisions governments -- intergovernmental agencies and knewish communities working together on it. such a system should function day-round and year-round and include training for personnel who are implementing it. the resolution also calls for european governments to support assessments in several key areas, and accordingly adjust their actions and strategies. details matter. the assessment should gather
and analyze data on crimes committee, response from law enforcement, types of attacks or incidents that are most prevalent and the types of targets that are most ad at risk. it is -- most at risk. it is essential to understand how law enforcement agencies usually receive reports of anti-central ict crimes and what initial -- anti-centralic crimes and what actions they take when a report is filed. e heard that it was just hoodlandism and other acts done by young people. when you spray paint a swatity can on a -- wasity can on a tomb stone and you deface a synagogue or you attack man because he's wearing a yam can, clearly these are anti-centralic. assessments are also needed on jewish community security groups, particularly of their capabilities. s with es, relationship
local law enforcement agencies, preparedness, including emergency response plans, and the extent to which their decision making is based on the best available information, analysis and practices. the resolution calls for governments to use these assessments to help these community groups develop common, baseline safety standards. these standards should include, as i said before, training, controlling access to physical facilities, physical security measures, including cameras and crisis communications. emergency exercises and simulations, mapping access to facilities, and sharing information with law enforcement agencies should also be part of the standards. these assessments, mr. speaker, will help achieve the resolution's call for law enforcement personnel to be well trained to monitor, prevent and respond to anti-semitic violence and to the partner with jewish communities -- and to partner
with jewish communities. governments should draw information from sources that include jewish groups, law enforcement agencies, individual human rights and n.g.o.'s, research initiatives and other civil society groups and leaders. h.res. 354 calls for safety awareness and suspicious activity reporting campaigns. like, if you see something, say something. here in the united states. other aspects of the resolution include appropriately integrating initiatives to counter violent extremism and those to combat anti-semitism and the urgency of implementing the declarations, decisions and other commitments of the organization for security and cooperation in europe that focus on anti-semitism. to accomplish these goals, the resolution calls for european governments to ensure that they appoint or designate senior officials, with the necessary authority and resources to combat anti-semitism and collaboration with governmental and intergovernmental agencies,
law enforcement and jewish community groups. finally, the resolution reaffirms support for the mandate of the united states special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism as particulate of the broader -- part of the broader policy of fostering international religious freedom and urges the secretary of state to continue robust u.s. reporting on anti-semitism by the department of state and the special envoy to combat and monitor anti-semitism. i would note that i offered the amendment to the global anti-semitism review act of 2004. and my amendment created the office to monitor and combat anti-semitism within the state department and that has proven to be a key tool in this fight. mr. speaker, the resolution has the support of leading organizations and it has 89 co-sponsors, including all eight of the co-chairs of the bipartisan task force for combating anti-semitism.
i would like to acknowledge, mr. speaker, john farmer jr., and paul goldenberg, for their tireless efforts and dedication and leadership in fighting anti-semitism and terrorism over the years. john is a form attorney general of new jersey and is now on the steering committee of the institute for emergency preparedness and home understand security and co-director of the faith-based security program at rutgers university. paul is the executive director of the secure our community network and the senior advisor to the institute and the program. several major jewish communities in europe have relied on their council and -- counsel and both have spent time on the ground within these communities. finally, i'd like to acknowledge and single out for very, very special thanks and recognition rabbi andy baker. personal representative of the chair and office on combating anti-semitism. and director of the international jewish affairs for the american jewish committee. he has been critical, critical,
to american leadership in europe and in the united states in the fight against anti-semitism. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: thank you. at this point i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from new york, my good friend and the ranking member of the appropriations committee, mrs. lowey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. lowey: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i want to particularly thank chairman ed royce and my good friend, our ranking member of the committee, eliot engel, and all those who are so involved in putting this important resolution together. i rise in support of house resolution 354. it was introduced by the co-chairs of the bipartisan task force for combating anti-semitism. in the aftermath of appalling anti-semitic incidents throughout europe, including the devastating terrorist attacks at the paris kosher
supermarket and the great synagogue of copenhagen, this important resolution urges the united states government to help improve the safety and security of jewish communities in europe. from austria to belgium, germany to the united kingdom, ukraine to france, there's been a sharp rise in assaults on jewish individuals and acts of vandalism on jewish place playses of worship, cemeteries and memorials. such destruction and desecration is unacceptable and must be stopped. that's why this resolution is so critical. it highlights specific ways the administration can work with european governments, especially law enforcement agencies, to formally recognize and partner with jewish organizations to develop common safety standards, alert systems, information sharing mechanisms, and ensure that local law enforcement personnel
are effectively trained to monitor, prevent and respond to anti-semitic violence. i want to express my appreciation to my fellow co-chairs of the anti-semitism task force, representative smith, engel, granger, israel, ros-lehtinen, deutch and roskam. the task force remains committed to working across regions, religions, and party lines to condemn all anti-semitism and fight for the right of jews to live freely as jews without fear. before closing, i also want to express my strong support for h.res. 293, which condemns anti-real and anti--- anti-israel and anti-semitic insight. ment and calls on president abbas -- incitement and calls on president abbas to discourage such behavior. e only way it will end is if palestinian leaders take
genuine, immediate steps to denounce all violence and promote security cooperation, co-existence and peace with israel. as the ranking -- ranking member of the state and foreign operations appropriations subcommittee, i will continue to do everything in my power to bolster israel's security, to combat and fight, to promote stability and peaceful co-existence throughout the world. and yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen. the chair of the foreign affairs subcommittee on middle east and north africa, and the former chair of the full committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much , mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, for yielding the time. and i rise in strong support of mr. smith's bill, house resolution 354, expressing the sense of the house of representatives regarding the safety and security of jewish communities in europe. i was an original co-sponsor of
this resolution and want to highlight the work of my good friend and colleague, chris smith, for his leadership on this issue and indeed for his tireless efforts to fight anti-semitism and support international religious freedom. i'd also like to thank our fellow co-chairs of the congressional bipartisan task force for combating anti-semitism, for demonstrating their leadership on this issue in congress and for raising the level of awareness and dialogue within our body related to global anti-semitism. in recent years, mr. speaker, the protection and the promotion of these values have moved from being part and parcel of our foreign policy objective to not even ranking as one of our top priorities. it is time, it is way past time, that we make respect for human rights and the protection of religious and ethnic minorities a top priority for
our foreign policy objectives and show real leadership and show that we have the will and the moral imperative to promote our values across the world. the terror group isil is rising in the middle east. it's seeking to establish an islamic caliphate. it wants to wipe out the region's religious minorities of all kinds, and anyone who does not adhere to its radical brand of islam. this, along with an alarming rise in anti-semitism in europe and other attacks on religious freedom across the globe, underscores why mr. smith's measure before us today is so timely, is so important. it urges our government to work with european governments and law enforcement agencies in order to help them fight the rise of anti-semitism across the continent and to make
combating anti-semitism part of our government's broader policy of promoting international religious freedom. europe is at the dawn of a lamentably repeated and dangerous era. one of anti-semitism, often masked through a political anti-israel stance. and if we don't move to act now, mr. speaker, we may see more deadly attacks like the murder of four jews in a kosher supermarket in paris earlier this year. we in the united states must be at the forefront, leading the effort, helping other nations develop a more comprehensive approach to confronting the rising anti-semitism problem. and this measure before us today establishes a good framework. if i could ask the gentleman for 30 additional seconds. mr. smith: i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mr. ross: thank you. establishes a good frame -- ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you.
establishes a good framework in moving forward. i would like to thank the task force members of which i am humbled yet to be just a small part. congressman chris smith, kay granger, peter roskam, eliot engel, nita lowey, ted deutch, steve israel, all of us working together to highlight the spread of anti-semitism and steps we must take to stem this tide. so i urge my colleagues to support this important resolution brought forth by the gentleman from new jersey, and i thank all of the members who have worked on the task force to bring this forward. thank you, mr. smith, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, may i ask how much time is left on both sides. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has 11 minutes. the gentleman from new jersey has three minutes. mr. engel: well, it's my pleasure to yield three minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch, who is the ranking
member of the foreign affairs subcommittee on the middle east and north africa, and a good friend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman, the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, for yielding and for his tireless work to address the threat of anti-semitism around the world. mr. speaker, this resolution was a collaborative effort among my fellow co-chairs of the bipartisan task force for combating anti-semitism, and i thank each of them for their commitment to bringing attention and responding to the proliferation of anti-semitism globally. i especially want to thank and acknowledge congressman smith of new jersey for his commitment to human rights and his ongoing fight against anti-semitism. this resolution is a strong statement. we must prioritize the security and protection of jewish communities. the anti-sefmentism we are witnessing is unique and long-standing.
it is very direct and complex, but in many ways, but it is straightforward hatred. it will not garner tanges. jewish communities experience attacks and on a regular basis. in france, there was an attack n three jews and his rabbi and his third son. death to the jews were spray painted and in many cities, jews are afraid to walk the treats as jews. ragically, these are far too commonplace. they shouldn't feel safe and their lives are somewhat at
rifbling. governments must look at their .ountries and rerespond swiftly this resolution calls on countries to build partnerships between commuptse and law enforcement agencies to establish procedures by outlining steps to take and the popsbilities for each party. i welcome the historic and bipartisan and overwhelming support in congress for combating anticipate sefmentism. we stand against it. but where it grows, it is a symptom of hatred and violation of human rights. i urge my colleagues to support a world of this will not be tolerated. that is the vision we envision
on the floor of the house of representatives. i encourming my colleagues to support this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield two minutes to a valued member of the foreign affairs committee. the speaker pro tempore: jargd. mr. connolly: and mr. chris smith, for his and that of the task force. anti-sefmentism and the safety of jewish communities in europe are issues with overwhelming context. the continent has more than knowledge of the devastation wrought by the purchase vayors of anti-sefmentism. when we say never again, our threshold for action shouldn't
be the impeppeding threat of general genocide. we must stamp out the conditions to an environment that allows for anti-sefmentism to flourish. en we face anti-sefmentism whether here or in europe, we ought to say to those, we are all jews. that's the protection we ought to seek. the pro-active measures encouraged by this resolution are in keeping of what should be our highest sfarpped for vigilance with respect to anticipate sefmentism. never again. it's not about words but a pledge. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves.
the gentlewoman from new york reserves. mr. engel: i yield two minutes to mr. cohen. mr. cohen: i watcht to thank you for the time and thank everybody everybody who has brought this resolution to the floor. it shouldn't be difficult to speak against anti-semitism. but a little more difficult to unitedrd to niche in the states government and government around the world hash a leader for fighting against anti-sefmentism and that's what i have seen congressman smith do. he is the chair of the helskinki commission and i have got to know mr. smith and travels we have had. and chris smith is a superleader
in looking out for people all over the world. i thank you for your efforts. it is so important. t is so important to fathom. the holocaust occurred and we have whom cause museums throughout the countries and we have understandings but you have skinheads and folks who spread hate. a survivor of the holocaust said people who hate, hate everyone. nd i know weisel was right and we need to share resources to fight anti-semitism and we need to fight. we haven't always done that. i'm proud to support this
resolution and i thank the members for bringing it ap urge all members to pass it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. smith: i want to thank mr. cohen and the other members of the task force and this is a bipartisan resolution. we all contributed to it. and we care about it. d i want to him to know that their efforts to try to end this cruelty that is on the rise in united states and in europe. it is perhaps as bad as it has ever been and makes its way to europe is carrying its way and a presenting more and more challenges. this is a bipartisan effort.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i yield two minutes new e gentleman from jersey. mrs. watson coleman: i want to thank mr.ening ole and i thank my colleague and neighbor congressman smith for introducing this resolution. i urge its passage. more than 70 years removed fl he holocaust where residents had violence. this has reached a seven-year high. synagogues, schools and other violent incidents have spiked. the jewish community security ust reported more than 1,100
ports including 81 violent assaults. groups fear anti-semitic incidents. oubling violent and deadly anti-semitic attacks occurred in belgium and germany. as a leader, the unions plays a vital role. the national direct ate of the national defamation league speaking out against hate has contributed to decreases. as a nation founded on equality, we share responsibility to stand against anti-sefmentism and against hate. whether it is the hate that manifested that four people were killed in a jewish supermarket this past january or hate
manifested at mother emmanuel or creek or illed in oak the hate that manifested in the planes that burned black churches to ground. we must denounce hate wherever it may appear. and with that, i urge my colleagues to support this. thank you, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: i continue to reserve. mr. engel: i yield one minute to the the gentlewoman from florida, ms. frankel. . . frankel: i thank you sue and winter, a member of the austrian parallelment from the stream right wing party of
austria, received the following post on her facebook, quote, the jews are the global problem, europe and particularly germany are getting what they did he seemb from zionist jews, particularly rich zionist jews. a response said, quote, it's great. you took the words right out of my mouth. unquote. mr. speaker, this resolution condemning anti-sefmentism and i support it emphatically. i yield back. mr. smith: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: history has shown us the tragedy of what can happen
with this sort of hatred. it's past time for governments and communities to focus on the rising tide in europe and do whatever it takes to turn it back. we are keeping a close eye on the problem and action is needed now. i encourage any colleagues to support this measure and i compliment chris smith. no one works harder than he than come batting anti-sefmentism. when he gets obsessed with something, he follows it to the d and has a great conclusion and obsessed against hatred and against bad things happening to any group of people. i'm proud of the work he has done over the years and thank
him for his leadership. with that, i urge my colleagues to support this measure. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. smith: i thank plea engel for his kind words. this is a collaboration and i want to thank him for it. at a congressional hearing i chaired in 2002 and i chaired 18 said, arings, a doctor the holocaust for 30 years, fter the water, acted as a teflon especially in europe. that has eroded and what was considered distasteful is an pin. he warned and said cocktail atter can now end as molotov cocktails against synagogues.
president lincoln said the protests makes cowards of men. silence is not an option. if our fight is to succeed, we need government officials to denounce but not just to denounce but to act. whenever these acts occur and wherever they occur. the purchase vayors of hate never grow weary. this is a best practice resolution to challenge the governments of europe and especially law enforcement and their homeland security agencies to partner with their respective jewish communities to end and eradicate anti-cement the speaker pro tempore:. the united states law f.b.i.ment department of
as well as state homeland security agencies have been robust and aggressive in combating anti-sefmentism here. we knee need to encourage others to follow our lead and i do hope we will do that. this is bipartisan. i thank our staff for the tremendous work in working on resolution, working with their staferse and to bring this about and thank the leadership for bringing it to the floor. and i urge a yay vote. the speaker pro tempore: jabbed. will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. . r. smith: yeas and nays.
the speaker pro tempore: the resolution is agreed to. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania eek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, can you imagine such debilitating pain, fatigue and depression that you feel as if your children have lost you as a parent? mr. fitzpatrick: for women impacted by the medical device and its documented damaging side effects, this unimaginable
situation is a stark reality. since it appeared on the market in 2002, a permanent sterilization device for women, has triggered over 5,000 formal complaints to the f.d.a. including reported symptoms of pelvic and abdominal pain, internal bleeding, autoimmune reactions, loss of teeth and hair and even metal breaking and migrating throughout the body. on top of that, it has been proven responsible for the deaths of four women and five unborn children. yet in the face of all these facts, today it remains on the market, certified with f.d.a.'s stamp of approval. that's unacceptable to me and to tens of thousands of women who are living with this device's effects. that's why this weekley introduce the e-free act, legislation to remove this device from the market before it can hurt any other women. this is a woman's issue, a safety issue, a regulatory issue. an issue with faces and names. i urge my colleagues to support
this legislation and join me and the thousands of women across the nation in this fight. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. cohen: to address the house for one minute. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor a great american who passed away yesterday. former united states senator fred thompson. fred thompson represented the state of tennessee in the united states senate from 1994 -- 1995 until 2003. he had been a staffer on the watergate committee and kind of made name for himself there when he asked such good proning questions and did such a marvelous job. he later went on to become an outstanding attorney before he became a united states senator. and an actor. and a leader in our country who crossed party aisles and was known to sometimes deeve rate from everybody to do what he thought was -- deviate from
everybody to do what he thought was right. i was a state senator and a democrat, fred thompson, a republican, encouraged me to get involved, stay involved and shoot for the top in politics. he worked with democrats in the senate and he was awarded a national conference to state legislatures, keeping federalism alive award, because of his lone vote, a single bill, that's kept the policy of federalism. it wasn't politics to fred thompson. it was philosophy. he was a great leader. he will be missed. i send my condolences to his family. and thank him for his service to my state and our country. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection. mr. poe: mr. speaker, thanks to the american taxpayers, what might be the world's most expensive gas station was built in afghanistan.
a mysterious department of defense special task force spent $43 million on a gas station in afghanistan. mr. speaker, that must be a hum dinger of a truck stop. what should have only cost $500,000 cost $-- 140 times that amount. charged to the taxpayers' credit card. yet there are no answers or explanations. and, mr. speaker, it's now since been reported that afghans don't even use the gas station because the cost of the gas. no one has been held accountable for such wasteful government spending. not surprisingly. this is getting to be normal acrates.rnment spend people need to be held personally responsible for such wasting spending. the american people deserve an explanation. after all, it's their money that's funding $43 million gas plants in other countries. and, mr. speaker, why are we building a five star gas
station in afghanistan anyway? and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i send to the desk a privileged report from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 507, resolution providing for consideration of the senate amendments to the bill h.r. 22, to amend the internal revenue code of 1986, to exempt employees with health coverage under tricare or the veterans administration from being take noon account for purposes of determining the employers to which the employer mandate applies under the patient protection and affordable care act, providing for proceedings during the period from november 6, 2015, through november 13, 2015. and providing for consideration s of motions to suspend the rules. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed.
the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for ms. jackson lee of texas for today and tomorrow, and mr. payne of new jersey for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2015, the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. kelly, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. ms. kelly: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. mr. speaker, it is my honor and privilege to lead tonight's congressional black caucus special order hour where we will have the opportunity to speak directly to the american people. but before we get to business, i do want to take a second, and
even though it feels like an eternality, to congratulate my dear friend and colleague, our c.b.c. chairman for the 112th congress, the honorable emanuel cleaver of kansas city, for his hometown kansas city royals victory in last night's world series game. i am an illinoisan by way of new york. so i had a little stake in this one. but again, my congratulations to the city of kansas city and to congressman cleaver. mr. speaker, i truly do believe that it's an honor and a privilege to host the congressional black caucus special order hour. and so i speak to you this evening very much concerned and severely disappointed that we're even having tonight's topic under such circumstances. tonight we're here to address saving our communities, where our focus for this hour will be on key legislative priorities that this congress, this year's congressional black caucus, and that our nation must confront in order to help make this union more perfect for our next generation.
mr. speaker, this year there has been a lot of tragic pisodes that make us ask, what is going on? we have covered a number of these topics in the course of this year, whether it be the issue of criminal justice reform, go gun violence, economic investment as an antidote to violence, community policing or the value of black lives in america. mr. speaker, the issues that i will cover this evening aren't black caucus issues. i know that most in this congress and most across this great country would acknowledge that they are american issues. falling short as a nation on these fronts only divides us and only serves as a barrier to our boundless possibilities as an american people. over the past few weeks we heard a lot about the need to clean out the barn before the baton was passed from speaker to speaker. i think we made some grow pro-gress in clearing out the barn last week as we passed a bipartisan budget agreement which president obama signed
into law earlier today. but, mr. speaker, as the baton has been passed from speaker boehner to speaker ryan, we must keep in mind that there's still much that needs to be cleaned out of the barn when it comes to criminal justice reform, creating opportunity in vulnerable communities, addressing inequities in the justice system, valuing all lives regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation, making sure that good cops can do their job and keep communities safe, and making sure that bad cops don't get to be the nation's norm. must have a culture where bad cops don't have a safe haven, where they can't get away with violations of the public trust in communities they were worn spo -- they were sworn to protect. and where they aren't in a position to spoil the whole bunch of good cops we have protecting america's communities. mr. speaker, today tonight we will have a long and overdue conversation about saving our communities.
and at this time i'd like to yield to the chair of the congressional black caucus, my colleague from north carolina, representative chairperson g.k. butterfield. mr. butterfield: let me first thank you, congresswoman kelly, for yielding time to me tonight. thank you for your willingness to stay on the floor tonight, even though this suspension bill was placed in front of us tonight. we certainly understand that that has to happen from time to time. but thank you so very much for staying on the floor to manage the time this evening. i also want to thank you, ms. kelly, for your extraordinary leadership. thank you for what you do for the congressional black caucus, thank you for what you do for your constituents in illinois, and, most importantly, thank you for what you do for our country. it is certainly appreciated. i will certainly join you, ms. kelly, there congratulating the kansas city royals on their well-deserved victory. i did not watch the entire
world series, but i watched enough of it to know that this team was much deserving of this victory. and so congratulations not only to mr. cleaver, who was so proud of kansas city and talks about his hometown all of the time, but congratulations to all of those fans of that great team. tonight we are talking about the urgent need to save our communities. what an appropriate topic, ms. kelly. because communities all across the country are in crisis. i travel quite a bit across the country and visit many different communities, not only in my state, but in many other states, and i can tell you firsthand that communities all across our country are facing crises. they are facing crises in so many different respects. they are facing the whole issue of pervasive poverty and poverty in america is real. we have more than 400 counties in the united states of america that have poverty rates that
exceed 20%, and all of these have had poverty rates for more than 30 years greater than 20%. so poverty is a critical issue in our country and communities are feeling the affect of it in a significant way. joblessness, joblessness. i continue to say that the unemployment rate is unacceptably high. even though we've made a great improvement in the unemployment rate, since the recession it is still too high for african-american workers. it is hovering somewhere around 10%. and that is unacceptable. we all talk from time to time and we see it all over the news today about police misconduct, police misconduct is continuing to be a pervasive problem in so many communities. and i'm sure tonight, mr. bobby scott from virginia, who is very passionate about the whole issue of criminal justice
reform, i'm sure he's going to talk about mass incarceration in the united states of america and certainly that is a real problem and there are many members in this body who are working every day to try to craft together legislation, to try to address the whole question of mass incarceration. also, we have crumbling schools and infrastructure and highways and tunnels and ports and our whole infrastructure in this country needs to be addressed and hopefully we will be able to pass a transportation bill before the end of the year and hopefully my friends on the other side of the aisle will not try to load up the transportation bill with any ex-im bank riders that will be a poison pill, that would slow down or even defeat the transportation bill. so the point is, ms. kelly, that we do have an urgent need to save our communities, we need all hands on deck as we take on this challenge. we consistently see, ms. kelly,
an overcriminalization of african-americans, specifically our youth. we see, for example, minor infractions that occur in the context of a classroom. yes, we've seen that on television over the last few days, a minor infraction in a classroom that escalates into an arrestable offense. students, particularly those who are african-american, and hispanic, are too frequently funneled into the justice system as a result of overly punitive school discipline policies and poorly defined roles for law enforcement in educational settings. unfortunately, the school to prison pipeline is still a reality. when i first came to congress 11 years ago, we were talking about the school to prison pipeline and we continue to talk about it today. it's a reality system of we must work together to remedy this problem.